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Hackney Hardware Store Pop Up Bar

For just one month, Hackney Hardware Store will be dressed up and made over as an intimate Pop Up bar, serving good wine, summer cocktails, and fresh hand made food boards. Wine glasses and bottles of wine will replace alcoves that were once housed by tins of paint, and the space has been cleared to serve a different purpose.  Hammers, nails and drills will be replaced by G&T’s, Negronis and yummy foods for you to snack on whilst soaking up the alternative and rugged surroundings of this temporary hang out. Foods sourced from very close by on offer include sourdough […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Places to go during Wimbledon

With the Wimbledon Championships 2014 now underway, we bring you the top events and venues going on around London over the next fortnight of legendary tennis to keep you occupied if not sat in the stands of Centre Court…  – The Ampersand Hotel Enjoy a Wimbledon inspired afternoon tea at The Ampersand Hotel in South Kensington in true British style. The tea boasts some delightfully themed pastries such as coconut mousse, mango and passion fruit jelly tennis ball on a lime sponge tennis court, gingerbread tennis rackets and strawberry and cream tarts. Available from the 21st July until 6th July. www.ampersandhotel.com – […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party

Last night The Handbook joined the likes of Mischa Barton, Serena Williams, Sabine Lisicki and Lilah Parsons at The Roof Gardens, Kensington to celebrate the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon party presented by Dubai Duty Free. With a dress to impress theme, celebrities arrived with the support of Porsche (The Handbook took to public transport but next year, next year….) and Maria Sharapova stole the show arriving in a 918 Spyder.  The invitation promised ‘substantial canapés’ (the best kind of promise) and they certainly stuck to that – with guests eating mini fish and chips, samosas and salmon as well as there being […]

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Is it Brazil or Covent Garden?

Didn’t make it to Brazil this year for the World Cup? Or are you more like us and food is more your thing than football? Well we have just the thing for you Brazilian barbecue restaurant, Cabana are recreating a corner of Rio’s beaches in the heart of Covent Garden in the form of The Grill from Ipanema – a Brazilian beach grill complete with golden sand from Brazil’s shores. Starting on Saturday 28th June until July 13th The Grill from Ipanema will be serving up a selection of new Cabana dishes including flame grilled skewers, chicken coxinhas and cassava […]

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The Urban Forest

In search of somewhere a little bit different to spend your summer evenings? Then look no further than the magical Kopparberg Urban Forest which is setting up camp in Dalston’s Bootstrap Company for five weeks of drinks, live music, street art and food. Starting on the 2nd July the Urban forest will feature a bespoke woodland bar (inspired by the beauty of the Swedish pine forest that sits above the brewery in the small town of Kopparberg) serving up of course Kopparberg cider; alongside the more rare Kopparberg beers and for those who like cocktails there will also be a […]

Experiences & Pop-Ups

The Ultimate Al Fresco Gentleman’s Lounge

Le Caprice is creating the ultimate al fresco gentleman’s lounge to celebrate Father’s Day on the 15th June and not ones to do things by halves they’ve gone all out. They’re only going to go and close the whole of Arlington Street for the afternoon! They will carpet and furnish it with sofas and put papers and magazines on hand, so fathers can indulge in such much needed down time.  Once the papers have been read, there will be chances to taste fine whisky and Cognac, drink at the two pop-up bars or enjoy a menu of Caprice classics including […]

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Openings & Launches

Get into the G&T Fever

Following the success of their Gin & Tonic Fever festival in 2013, Fever-Tree are launching a pop-up bar in Hoxton Square. The festival saw the largest ever collection of gins from across the globe and Fever-Tree’s many varieties of tonic sampled alongside some of London’s finest food. The bar will be a distillation of the festival taken to a whole new level. The Ultimate G&T Bar will be hosting a series of masterclasses run by gin experts and cocktail gurus. Learn about the different distillation processes, the unique botanical compositions and the signature serves to gain a whole new insight […]

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Pizza Pop-Up Opening

Whether you're in the mood for a traditional Margherita pizza or looking to take a bite into something a bit different, come by the celebration of the newest pizza joint in the neighbourhood.  Pizza Rossa is serving up authentic pizza al taglio – by the slice – at the opening of its first pop-up location in London on Friday 6 June. Inspired by the street vendors of Italy, Pizza Rossa brings to the city a delicious and healthier takeaway alternative, using the freshest of seasonal ingredients and vegan-friendly dough.  Be sure to stop by for one of the square slices between […]

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Cloudy Bay’s Sensory Garden

Calling all wine lovers, things are about to get a little rosé at Harvey Nichols. New Zealand based winery, Cloudy Bay, will be taking over the 5th Floor to host a stunning range of food and wine tasting experiences.  Cloudy Bay’s Sensory Garden, created especially for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, will overlook the rooftops of London making it an ideal destination for summer evenings in the city. Guests will be treated to a special 3-course à la carte tasting menu with wines that complement the various flavours of the dishes. The menu will have temptations like Pan fried sea […]

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On The Roof with Q Grill: Review

Selfridges’ 18 week long rooftop residency kicked off at the weekend and so at first chance The Handbook headed over to Oxford Street to see what everyone has been getting excited about. A separate lift takes you up to the 5th floor where you come across their beautiful secret garden rooftop restaurant. Inspired by a Victorian greenhouse, the restaurant is covered in foliage, flowers, grass and is lit by Victorian street lights, but the pièce de résistance is the retractable roof. Excitedly we had pictured ourselves basking in the sun-drenched terrace as we drank cold, crisp cocktails and enjoying the […]

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